Happy Accidents

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is developing Planting Plans for clients’ gardens. Sometimes however, plants have ideas of their own and create combinations which work better than anything planned. Three such situations have occurred in my garden so far this season….

Lime time

The last two weeks of April and often the first week of May are what I call ‘lime time’. That brief period in the year when new foliage and growth bursts forth and the green that emerges is an intense, energized shade of lime. Its…

Narcissi

April is the peak of the daffodil season. I favour the smaller flowered, often scented narcissi over their large cupped relatives. I grow them through the borders, in our meadow area and in the pottager for cutting. I have tried a number of different types…

Dazzling Dahlias

There is an abundance of dahlia tubers on display in garden centres at the moment. Once the province of village Flower Show competitors the dahlia has enjoyed a dramatic change of fortune in recent years and has now become highly fashionable as a plant to…